When he finally faces the truth of Sonny’s drug addiction his entire world is being penetrated. He then realizes the only way to resolve his own pain is to reach out to Sonny by having to shield his reality to the reality that is around him. It’s not till Sonny finally stands up and faces the music. First he must look at his neighborhood and must acknowledge for what it is. As he teaches he hears, “Their laughter...It was not the joyous laughter which God knows why-one associates with children.
There was an unspoken hate between them and he did not like the way Sonny carried himself or the people he was friends with. He blames this, and the way Sonny is living, on his music claiming, "his music seemed to be merely an excuse for the life he led" (83). The narrator did his best to mend his broken relationship with Sonny, but it only resulted in a fight and Sonny said that "he was dead as far as I [the narrator] was concerned" (83). The narrator was fearful that Sonny would be just like all the other musicians around Harlem and the surrounding cities. After the disagreement he did not talk to Sonny, even following the news his arrest, until after his little girl, Grace died.
Demonstrating his love for music, it’s the only thing holding him together as his only purpose in life is creating music because his life in prison has changed him and he is unwilling to chase after any other goals besides music. While also displaying the literary device metaphor because the words, “shaken to pieces,” is an implicit comparison between each other. All in all, James Baldwin also develops metaphors throughout the duration of “Sonny’s Blues,” to tie in with his theme of suffering can lead to creation.
From this point on, the nameless narrator begins to recall memories from his childhood such as the promise he made to his mother before her death, the time he was away serving in the army, and the conversation he had with Sonny about what he wanted to do in life. What follows this are the two brothers trying to pick up where the left off after Sonny’s release, which is where the story’s theme of drugs and music become even
In the story “Sonny’s Blues”, James Baldwin includes less obvious and more complex symbols than Hawthorne, which represent something greater. In Sonny’s Blues, readers learn the story of two conflicting brothers and their struggles to understand each other. The story begins with an unnamed narrator who reads in the paper that his brother Sonny has just been arrested for selling and using heroin. Reading this disbelief in the paper confirms his judgment that the darkness within the Harlem streets consumes the youth, who have no hope of making it into the light and prospering. He states, “I didn 't want to believe that I 'd ever see my brother going down, coming to nothing, all that light in his face gone out, in the condition I 'd already seen so many others.
The narrator in Sonny's Blues and his brother, Sonny, are very similar. Both share ethnicity, grew up together in Harlem, and have suffered loss. If you look deeper, past race and blood and family, you can see the two are incredibly different. Sonny is reckless and somewhat carefree for a good portion of his adult life. He is also extremely connected on an emotional level to music.
Therefore, they follow whatever is pop to replace the traditional cultures that do not suit them any further. One popular trend many teens adopt, believing it can be a helpful tool to express their feelings more freely and get rid of the melancholy mood of their age, is the jazz. The story "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin illustrates the world wide consequences of jazz music and dance styles on youth. When Sonny abandons his family and leaves the school just to play jazz, his brother, who narrates the story and has a complete contradictory personality to Sonny's, feels troubled and frustrated. The narrator thinks the musicians are corrupted people, who deal with drugs and cigarettes, and tries to prevent Sonny from being with them.
In the story, “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin insists, that music is a universal language that speaks life into a dead soul. Stereotypical notion of music arouses emotions that are disregarded. The story demonstrates the significance of music and the components that communicates needs and wants. Sonny’s character was not very talkative, but his music spoke with volume. This paper will analyze the elements of music told in “Sonny’s Blues” that connects and bonds the characters emotionally, physically and socially.
In Rita Williams-Garcia’s book, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, the plot revolves around Clayton, who strongly believes in his self-manifested identity, to become a Bluesman. At a young age, Clayton was deeply affected by the death of his grandfather, who he idolized to become. While Clayton’s dismissive mother fails to understand his loss, Clayton ran away from his house to reconcile with the Bluesmen, whom he thought would relate to his grief. The tragic events that Clayton had to face played an imperative aspect on his journey to self-discovery. Even though the author makes Clayton face difficult challenges throughout the story, the struggles helped Clayton attain a sense of self-identity and be at peace with his grandfather’s death.
The purpose here is to provide the audience with an idea of the life Billy’s father lives, and it explains why Billy wants a life as more than a riveter. It affects the listener by appealing towards those who have had a rough past where a parent or parents worked long hard hours at work. The use of this simile not only compares Billy’s father to a slave but is used to evoke feelings of compassion from the audience members who have lived through a rough past comparable to Billy’s The Rhetorical Devices used in “The Island of Souls” leave the audience feeling empathy towards the boy Billy who will always want a life as more than a riveter. Margaret Mitchell said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it because what the world needs is people who come
In the short story “Sonny’s Blues” the narrator Sonny’s brother talks about their life together and also the environment they live in. the title of the story is name after the brother of the narrator, it is through the narrator’s eyes about his brother Sonny. As a young African American male born in Harlem, sonny is aware of the limits and obstacles he faces. He struggles with the being around the same environment, so he decided by moving away from Harlem his problems will go away and he can start his career as a musician, unlike his brother the narrator has a wife, two children, and a good job as a teacher. The narrator talks about the drug dealing that happens in the playgrounds near the housing projects and of course his brother’s battle
All them teams the same”(Wilson !852). This scene tells us that Troy believes all the sports teams are racist and give players no chance at playing. Also, Troy just tries to make his son share his beliefs so that he can “avoid the pain of rejection that he himself experienced decades earlier”(Saunders 1). Troy’s belief that black people have no chance of playing sports is exactly why he refuses to sign Cory’s permission slip to play
He wanted to become a musician however his brother did not approve of his choice and when sent to live with his brother’s fiancé, found that they only endured his piano playing and found him a burden. He went into the navy after that, and after coming out of the navy, was arrested for using and selling heroin. All the anguish, trouble, and suffering that Sonny went through to become who he was, was put into a song and that was Sonny’s blues.